Field Guides:

Mcmullan, M., Donegan, T and Quevedo, A. Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Newest field guide for Colombia available. Very portable and includes migratory species.

Hilty, S. L. and W. L. Brown. Guide to the Birds of Colombia. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 1986. A classic and your best source for Colombia bird identification. Fine source of information on voice, behavior, breeding and status and habitat, range maps for almost all species.

Restall, R., C. Rodner, and M. Lentino. Birds of Northern South America. Vol. 2. Plates and maps. Christopher Helm, London. More up-to-date taxonomy and very different color plate style, but similar in size and weight, to previous book. Covers seven countries (over 7000 images) which complicates field use because of large number of illustrations.

Natural History:

Hilty, Steven. Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher’s Introduction to Behavior, Breeding and Diversity. University of Texas Press, 2005. Highly recommended for background information on how things work in bird communities in tropical latitudes.

Kricher, John C. A Neotropical Companion. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989. Excellent broad-based resource on just about everything from plants and birds to insects, herps and mammals in the Neotropics.

Snow, David. The Web of Adaptation: Bird Studies in the American Tropics. Quadrangle, New York Times Book Co.: Demeter Press, 1976. A classic. Deals with fruit-eating birds and their adaptations in the American tropics.


National Geographic Traveler: Colombia, 2nd Edition Paperback – January 3, 2017
by Christopher Baker (Author)

Lonely Planet Colombia (Travel Guide)

Moon Colombia (Travel Guide)

Colombia (National Geographic Adventure Map) Map – Folded Map, August 31, 2012

Colombia: Spanish Travel Phrases for English Speaking Travelers: The most useful 1.000 phrases to get around when traveling in Colombia Paperback – September 2, 2015
by Sarah Retter (Author)


Colombian Literature:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator). One Hundred Years of Solitude. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, February 21, 2006

Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator). Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Oct 7, 2003

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera. Oprah’s Book Club, Oct 5, 2007

Gabriel García Márquez . Of Love and Other Demons. Vintage International, June 10, 2008

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Randolph Hoga (Translator). The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. Mar 13, 1989


On Photography by Susan Sontag

The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Photos by Michael Freeman

Other readings:


Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus). Valle del Cauca. © Juan Jose Arango/VWPics

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